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Move in May and Celebrate National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

During the month of May, National Physical Fitness & Sports Month provides an opportunity to celebrate and promote physical activity and the benefits of sports participation. Physical activity is key to maintaining health and well-being. Getting active can improve fitness and reduce stress, reduce risk for many chronic diseases, and ease symptoms of anxiety and depression...

Youth Sports Organizations Join Forces Virtually to Address the Challenges of COVID-19

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that kids and teens ages 6 to 17 get 60 minutes of activity every day. Physical activity provides many benefits for the health and development of youth and can be an important coping mechanism during difficult and stressful times. Playing sports is one way that kids and teens can get the physical activity they need, but opportunities for physical activity have changed a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as it relates to sports...

Healthy People, Social Determinants of Health, and Health Equity Featured in Podcast with ODPHP's Carter Blakey

The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP) released a Healthy People 2030 (HP2030) Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and Health Equity (HE) podcast featuring Carter Blakey and Cynthia Gomez. The podcast complements JPHMP’s article entitled "Addressing Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health Through Healthy People 2030"...

Giving Children and Adolescents a Healthy Start Through Nutrition

By LT Dennis Anderson-Villaluz, MBA, RD, LDN, FAND, nutrition advisor, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Establishing healthy dietary patterns early in life can provide young Americans with the foundation to continue those behaviors throughout later life stages. Unhealthy dietary patterns and inadequate physical activity in children and adolescents ages 2 to 18 contribute to overweight and obesity — as well as increasing the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease later in life...